Susan Ward

Why school catch-up is a half-baked idea

The expectation that schools can catch up on all their lost teaching hours is ludicrous – we should focus on enjoyment of learning and wellbeing, writes depute head Susan Ward

Coronavirus: Why trying to catch up on lost learning is a half-baked idea

Around the start of this year and during a particularly stressful period at school, I rediscovered baking. It brought back happy memories of, as a little girl, being in the kitchen with my gran, watching her turn flour and sugar and eggs into something scrumptious. I began with pancakes and scones, using my gran’s old handwritten recipe book to guide me, and very soon became a regular early-morning baker. It felt good to start the day doing something positive and the delighted faces of my family when met with freshly baked goodies for breakfast were a lovely bonus.

During lockdown, as with ...

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